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Ask HN: What Will You Be Hacking Over the Holidays?
15 points by wyclif on Dec 21, 2010 | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments
With much of the UK and US snowed in, Christmas 2010 is shaping up to be a hacker's delight. What will you be working on?

Let's see:

- Need to get the examples included with Monkeybars (http://monkeybars.org) up to date, so I'll likely clean up one or two, and see how annoying that is. I suspect what's broken for one is broken for all.

- Started playing with using Monkeybars to talk to my Kinect; data manipulation is too slow in JRuby, so I will explore Mirah as a nicer alternative to using Java when speed is needed.

- I'm due to give a preso at the next AZ Hackers meeting (http://azhackers.com) so I have to do something with my Lilypad Arduino. Been hitting a wall on Bluetooth, so might just have an accelerometer drive some blinky lights. (Ultimately I want this to drive some OSC-friendly apps.)

I'll be working mostly on Quoddy ( https://github.com/fogbeam/Quoddy ), but may also work on Neddick (https://github.com/fogbeam/Neddick ) a little. Both are part of something called ScrewPile: http://code.google.com/p/screwpile/

I'll also be spending some time with the Programming Scala book, and probably fiddling around with Twitter's FlockDB ( https://github.com/twitter/flockdb/ ) a little.

I'll be working on http://electric-journey-269.heroku.com (haven't picked a name yet) a web app that will help you find, get reminded of, and participate in live podcasts.

My somewhat unrealistic goal is to build a profitable web app completely on heroku's free level of hosting. I'm not even sure I'm going to buy a domain name, I might just try to get a catchy bit.ly or tinyurl address.

I will be learning how to hack! Planning on going HTML > CSS > Javascript > Ruby. Not all over the holidays, of course.

I've been on winter break from school for the past two weeks, and I've been spending a lot of my time beginning to fix bugs in Chromium, and I've also been honing my graphic/web design skills, studying type, element placement, CSS, JQuery etc.

I also have the TI Launchpad that I still haven't done anything with.

I'm working on a plugin for a chat server for my uncle and building a site for the hacker news communities. More news on the latter once I've finished.

I don't like existing application analytics services, maybe I'll have to make a simple one for my own use.

Android version of my iPhone app.

"...US snowed in..."

I hate LA even more now.

I'm currently committing up a storm of my own, I want to get Hackety Hack 1.0 out the damn door already, on Christmas.

After that, I'll be hacking on it some more.

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